Two For Tuesday: Perry Como (Baby Boom Years)

Joanna, over at Christmas TV History, shared some pictures last Saturday of her trip to Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, which as we all know was the home town of two great singers who both fit into this theme, Perry Como and Bobby Vinton. I’ve profiled both of them before here on Two For Tuesday, but that was several years ago. So, let’s do them again.

Perry Como recorded 150 singles and 38 albums from 1943 to 1987, won five Emmys, a Christoper Award and a Peabody Award (shared with Jackie Gleason), and has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his contributions to music, radio and TV. Not bad for a barber from a small town.

Perry recorded “If (They Made Me A King)” in 1951, and it reached #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts and spent six weeks there, earning him a gold record.

He had a hit with “Wanted” in 1954. It reached #1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts and spent 8 weeks there, earning another gold record.

It’s difficult to pick just two songs from a catalog as extensive as Perry Como’s, and I suspect that will be a common problem throughout this series. MusicProf78 has posted many more on YouTube. Enjoy!

Perry Como, your Two for Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

22 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Perry Como (Baby Boom Years)

    1. A real classy guy. I read a story where he said something about another TV host on his show, and felt awful about it until he was able to get back on the air and apologize. I don’t think it was anything too derogatory, but still, he didn’t want to get laughs at the expense of a colleague. Now, it’s standard fare.

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  1. The first time I heard the name Perry Como was on “The Twilight Zone” (which I was forbidden to watch). John, I bet you remember that episode!
    Once I began listening, I was hooked.

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    1. I never watched The Twilight Zone even when it was on late nights on MeTV. It was fun to see so many actors that were famous later on it (e.g. Telly Savalas, with hair, no less). I much preferred The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, except for the one about the head in the jar.

      And yes, Perry Como was a tremendous singer and a great man.

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  2. Hi John – I do remember his songs and always loved watching him if I was around the tv when his songs came on, or on the radio … but don’t remember specific ones right now – and yes, you do do a great job with your music posts – cheers Hilary

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    1. Those are great tunes, but I went with a couple of his #1’s, and surprisingly they weren’t, coming in at #4 and #2 respectively. Wikipedia says he had so many records that would have gone gold, but he never had them certified. Guess that’s just the kind of guy he was.

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  3. My heart is beating fast here! This is MY kind of music!!! I think one of my favorites by Perry is “It’s Impossible.” Just loved him and his TV show. Especially love all his Christmas albums. 🙂

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    1. Perry and Andy Williams (another great singer) were always in our living rooms because of their TV shows. Perry was a good, decent man; I respect him for that, and for the contributions he made to music and TV and radio.

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  4. I always enjoyed Perry Como…I must have an old gene in me since I liked him even when I was a kid. He sang Catch a Falling Star which my mom loves and am thinking about that song right now. I also can’t help but think about SCTV which was a great Canadian tv show who parodied Perry Como. They ended up being nominated for an Emmy and this clip was shown. They kept sinking in their seats because they were up against…Perry Como! Como won but I love that parody. https://youtu.be/zj5A7W-0zPY

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    1. The NBC station in Chicago would run SCTV after Saturday Night Live, so we’ve seen all of them (and have the box set somewhere). We like that one well enough that whenever I tell Mary I did a post about Perry Como, she says “Mister relaxation!” Funny that SCTV was up against Perry for an award…

      Back when we had fewer than ten TV stations and families had at most one set, Mom & Dad got to choose some of the entertainment, too, and you could either watch with them or go to your room and read, listen to the radio, do homework or go to bed. A lot of us chose to watch what our parents were watching, so we learned to like it, or maybe realized it was good entertainment and liked it. And I think many of us got closer to our parents that way.

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